First metatarsal head OATS procedure

Stuart D. Miller, Joel M. Davis

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A technique is presented for osteochondral autograft transplant system harvesting of dorsal metatarsal head cartilage to repair a central osteochondral defect in the first metatarsal head. In this technically demanding procedure, cartilage and bone removed with an aggressive cheilectomy is used to replace damaged cartilage. Anecdotal results of several cases show good outcome and no further surgery after 6 years. The procedure adds another joint-sparing option for the patient with focal damage to the first metatarsal head cartilage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalTechniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cartilage transplant
  • Hallux rigidus
  • OATS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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